Friday, October 17, 2008

Away from the Sugar Fog

Over a year ago, I wrote about what I called the Sugar Fog. It's a feeling that your thinking is fuzzy, your moods are down, and your energy level is low. In that sugar fog, it is nearly impossible to get the "motivation" to do anything about your weight. I am SURE lots of you know what I mean. You might try a little, but always go back to eating sugar and processed foods and things made with white flour. That fat/sugar combo is lethal to "willpower." Did you ever notice that?

I noticed this morning that I finally felt SO clearheaded. I feel so much better than I have in weeks. Without the junk food, my body is recovering. I feel alive. I feel strong and ready. I feel "motivated" and have "willpower." Where'd I get it? I dug it out from under that thick sugar fog.

If you are really struggling, like I did for over a decade, with your weight, with energy, motivation, and willpower... if you feel hopeless about EVER getting the weight off... if you are sitting in disgust at yourself for failing YET AGAIN... please know this: I have been there. And I got out. And I slipped up a little, but I got out again. You can get out. You don't need a special diet, a weight-loss pill, a gym membership, or a special supplement to get MOTIVATION and WILLPOWER. You just need to stop covering up your own inner strength. It's buried in a pile of junk food. And if you can get off that crazy roller coaster ride for just a few days or a week, you'll feel SO much better and find energy and a brighter outlook you didn't know you had. I believe this is true for almost everyone.

This morning I had a breakfast sandwich I made from a Double Fiber English muffin, a slice of Kraft 2% American cheese, Egg Beaters, and a piece of Jimmy Dean turkey sausage. Lunch was a bowl of soup and whole grain crackers. Snacks were an apple, red grapes, green grapes, a bowl of Kashi cereal, and lots of iced green tea. I feel amazing. I rode my bike and even with the negative stuff in my life right now, I feel great.

Maybe you think this whole Habit-A-Week Challenge thing is lame. Maybe you tried to increase your water but you also figured you had to "diet," too. YOU DON'T. Here is why this approach works:

If you spent a week increasing your water intake, adding green tea, etc, and kept that habit, you have done a couple of things. One, your body is healthier and more hydrated. But did you realize that by putting water in your stomach with a meal and with a snack, you probably eat less at that meal? Did you notice that if you drank a glass of water when you felt a craving, and waited ten minutes, sometimes the craving went away? And if you reach for water instead of sodas or juice, you cut your calories automatically. So just by drinking that water, you almost assuredly also cut back on how much food you were eating, without even trying to.

If you spent week 2 trying to move more, you didn't have to focus on your eating to make a change in your health. Just by getting a bit more exercise, you paved the way to greater fitness. You burned more calories, even if it's just a few. And did you notice that after you exercise or take that short walk, you don't WANT to ruin it with a binge? You tend to feel more inclined to eat healthy foods when you are doing other healthy things, like exercising.

Another healthy habit is coming on Monday. If you haven't joined the challenge yet, it's not too late! If you joined but faltered, try again! You can either start where you are on Monday, with that habit, or you can go back and choose to work on water or exercise over the weekend. But don't try to do too much. You can always go back and do weeks 1 and 2 at the end of the challenge. The key is to do SOMETHING.

This morning I weighed 232 pounds. I am so glad to see the scale moving in the right direction again, and I am even happier to have my energy and healthier attitude back.

11 comments:

Fab Kate said...

:) that's great :)

ryry the adventurous said...

YES!

232! YAAAAAAAY!

Even if the stock market didn't finish with the numbers I wanted this week, your lower numbers make me very happy. :) Go Lyn Go!

Pubsgal said...

Woo hoo, Lyn! That's awesome!!!

Oh, and you've got a hearty AMEN from me regarding the sugar fog. That was the story of my life for the past four years. But once I ditched sugar and kicked refined carbs to the curb, I've felt stronger and happier.

~TMcGee~ said...

This is a great post, Lyn. :-) I'm very happy for you, I could just feel the happiness rolling off of you in your post. Way to go!

Lauren said...

I really like the Habit a week challenge, it's interesting.

Dinah Soar said...

For the first time in about 2 weeks I went and rode the recumbent bike at the gym, lifted some weights and walked for ten minutes, getting in 30 minutes of exercise. It's a beginning..again. I think for me, activity, exercise, movement..whatever we call it, makes a huge difference in my health, my appetite and my motivation. Why is it so easy to give exercise short shrift?

MizFit said...

yay!

thanks for emailing yesterday----our little chat made me excited about something Id been a little ambivalent about.

new*me said...

I have been following your habit a week :) I had been doing both already but it's extra reinforcement :) I am so happy for you that you have gotten back on track and are seeing that wonderful scale move in the right direction!!!!! I am hoping to see the 230s this week on weigh in day too! Hoping the weekend is good to me :)

GO LYN!

Scale Mistress said...

I know exactly what you mean abut the sugar fog. It sucks you in if you even open the door a crack.

I love your Habit a week challenge. Thanks for the motivation.

Glad I found your blog.

missmilo said...

Lyn, I just wanted to thank you so much for posting about your sugar 'issues'... sometimes when I read your blog, I feel as though it could be me you're writing about! I picked up a copy of Potatoes not Prozac this week, too... very interesting stuff.

Congrats on seeing the scales go downwards, too... that's fantastic! :)

Ceres said...

So true, having sugar always makes me crave for more, but I try to eat sweet stuff in moderation, and control myself. It's not easy though! On the other hand, I don't want to go off sugar completely, because then I'm afraid of a backfire, that I'll wake up one day and I'll start eating cookie after cookie :-)